Chong Pyoung Chung

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Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans strains with enhanced levels of production of leukotoxin are characterized by a 530-bp deletion from the promoter region of the leukotoxin gene operon. Previous isolates with this deletion constituted a single clone belonging to serotype b, although they displayed minor differences among each other. We have analyzed the(More)
BACKGROUND Chitosan is a biodegradable natural polymer that has been shown to improve wound healing. This study aimed to develop chitosan/tricalcium phosphate (TCP) sponges as tissue engineering scaffolds for bone formation by three-dimensional osteoblast culture. METHODS The sponges were prepared by freeze-drying and cross-linking a mixture of chitosan(More)
Fibroblast growth factor (FGF) is an important modulator of cell growth and differentiation of various cells including neuron. Cells need to adhere specifically to cellular and extracellular components of their environment to carry out diverse physiological functions. Here, we examined whether fibronectin (FN) and FGF can cooperate for neuronal adhesion and(More)
Stem cell differentiation is modulated by several key molecules, including cytokines, hormones, and engineered peptides. Emerging evidence suggests that microRNA has potential applications in stem cell engineering, such as in osteoblastic differentiation. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) bind to the 3'-untranslated region (UTR) sequence of target mRNA, thereby(More)
With an aim of improving bone regeneration, chitosan sponge containing platelet-derived growth factor-BB (PDGF-BB) were developed. For fabrication of chitosan sponge, chitosan solution was freeze-dried, crosslinked and freeze-dried again. PDGF-BB was incorporated into the chitosan sponge by soaking chitosan sponge into the PDGF-BB solution. Release kinetics(More)
Refractory periodontitis manifests as a rapid, unrelenting, progressive loss of attachment despite the type and frequency of therapy. This study examined possible relationships between cytokine levels in gingival crevicular fluid (GCF), occurrence of specific periodontopathic microflora, and disease activity in patients with refractory periodontitis.(More)
Platelet-derived growth factor-BB (PDGF-BB) was incorporated into porous poly (L-lactide) (PLLA) membranes with an aim of improving early bone healing in guided tissue regeneration (GTR) therapy. Porous PDGF-BB loaded membranes were fabricated by coating PDGF-BB-dissolved PLLA methylene chloride-ethyl acetate solutions on polyglycolic acid (PGA) meshes.(More)
BACKGROUND In order to achieve optimal effects, growth factors including platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) should be delivered with a biodegradable carrier that will release therapeutic concentrations over a sufficient length of time. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the bone regenerative effect of PDGF-BB delivered with a chitosan/tricalcium(More)
BMP-2 (bone morphogenetic protein-2) has been used in promoting bone formation and, in combination with various delivery carriers, in bone regeneration or bone tissue-engineering practice. In the present study, BMP-2 was immobilized directly on a GBR (guided bone-regenerative) membrane surface made of chitosan nanofibres, providing a bioactive surface that(More)
Platelet-derived growth factor-BB (PDGF-BB) releasing porous chondroitin-4-sulfate (CS)-chitosan sponge was designed with an aim of controlling growth factor delivery in order to improve bone formation. Porous CS-chitosan sponge was fabricated by freeze drying and crosslinking aqueous CS-chitosan solution. PDGF-BB was incorporated into the CS-chitosan(More)